PLEASE NOTE - WE DO NOT HAVE DAY VISITORS OR "DROP INS"
ALL GUESTS SHOULD BOOK AHEAD AND WOULD NEED TO STAY OVERNIGHT
Short 1 hour flight. 3 flights daily, 7 days a week with Bangkok Airways , Bangkok to Sukhothai. We will pick you up from airport.
There is a beautiful hotel at the airport, if you were thinking of arriving a day or so before your visit, and Sukhothai town, with its rich historic temples , Historical Park,and vibrant cafes is a 45 minute taxi ride away, in the opposite direction to BLES.
It is possible to drive to BLES. Everyone has GPS or google maps, so finding us is not a problem, however, remember that you have to have booked in advance in order to come to BLES. we do not encourage "drop ins". Our elephants are out in the forest most of the day, so you will not see them if you visit without a reservation.
Buses are the cheapest mode of transportation from Bangkok; the trip takes approximately 5–6 hours. Bus and train service are available to Ultraditt and we will provide shuttle service from there.
Taxis or personal drivers are also available everywhere and very reasonable, so if you are not coming from Bangkok, these are also options.
The cost per guest is 6000 baht per night.
This includes meals, pick up and drop off from Sukhothai Airport or Uttraditt bus or train station, laundry service , lots of elephant time and unlimited unforgettable moments, memories and laughter.
Alcoholic beverages are not included.
We do not accept credit cards.
A non-refundable deposit of one nights fee per person is required to secure your booking, once your dates have been confirmed.
The balance for your stay can be paid in Thai Bahts upon arrival.
We only accept thai baht and we prefer cash because we are a long way from town and the bank , all of our bills are paid in cash,and we also reduce bank charges.
YES. Our three guesthouses accommodate two people each. To be on the safe side, please make your reservation as far in advance as possible. We are typically booked six months ahead.
Payment must made in full in Thai baht upon time of arrival.
YES. We require a non-refundable deposit of 6,000 baht per person that can be made on-line through the donation link on each page. We will hold reservation dates for ten days. If the Paypal deposit has not been received during that time, the date confirmation will be forfeited. > Currency Converter
Tucked into a nook of banana trees, the guesthouses at BLES are the perfect place to relax and watch elephants from a distance. Our three traditional teak cottages have wrap-around porches and modern bathrooms, featuring a unique one-way glass wall. Only a few steps away from the main meetinghouse, the cottages are decorated with locally-made textiles and furnished with custom furniture crafted from wood gathered on the BLES property.
Yes. If you’re interested in a specific Thai specialty, please let us know. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or allergies. Our staff is experienced in cooking vegetarian meals and is eager to experiment with something new. Foods are prepared using only the freshest local and organic ingredients, many of which are gathered on BLES property. Breakfast and lunch is served in a bamboo hut with thatched roofing, facing the elephants’ favorite bathing pond. Dinner is typically held in the open-air main meeting room.
Is there an age requirement? No. Our guests’ ages have ranged from 9 months to 85 years. Elephants are for everyone, and we will take care of all your needs to ensure your comfort throughout your stay.
Is there internet access? Yes and you are welcome to take advantage of our wireless service.
Is there an ATM? Yes. The closest ATM and bank is a 30-minute drive from BLES.
Is there a safe? Yes. We have a safe for our guests’ valuables.
Will I get a signal on my mobile phone? It is possible to get a signal at the Sanctuary — if you don’t mind climbing to the top of the mountain! However, we do have a landline available for emergencies.
From three to five days is typical. There should be no concern about repetition of activities as every day at BLES is an adventure! Ninety percent of our guests are repeat visitors.
Yes. At BLES we believe all animals should be cared for in a loving and considerate way. In addition to the elephants, BLES is home to six dogs, nine cats, a bird, and three cows — all rescued by Katherine and her team.
No, but most of the staff understands basic English. They are welcoming and do their best to make our guests comfortable. Katherine, the founder of BLES, is fluent in Thai and is available during the day to break down any communication barriers.
The programme starts when you get here, so there is no need to worry if your transportation is delayed.
Guests are involved in all aspects of Sanctuary life. Our activities are seasonal, to name a few: collecting elephant food from the jungle; maintaining herding areas; walking the elephants to grazing grounds; repairing elephant pens; scrubbing and washing the elephants; walking the elephants to swim in the river; shopping in local markets; bathing dogs; befriending village families; observing the elephants in their bathing pool; hiking with the mahouts to recover the elephants from release sites; planting trees and vegetation.
You are advised to bring sensible clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy or torn. Long trousers are best suited for the high grasses and bushes. Keep in mind that the Thai sun is fierce and requires protection. Clothing should be practical.
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